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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 03:59 PM

Golden State Killer Suspect Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Murders

Source: NPR

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and a clear face shield to protect against coronavirus, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to 13 counts of first-degree murder. The string of murders in the 1970s and '80s terrorized California, and the suspect who committed them became known as the Golden State Killer.

DeAngelo, 74, sat in a wheelchair as he rasped out "yes" and "I admit" to the charges, after prosecutors described the grisly circumstances of each crime. Otherwise, he hardly spoke and did not look at the victims' families.

"Mr. DeAngelo is acknowledging his guilt for the heinous crimes he has committed," said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. "There is really nothing that could give full justice because he has committed horrendous acts and murder up and down the state of California. But at least we can now begin the process after decades to bring some closure to families."

The hearing took place in a makeshift courtroom within a ballroom at Sacramento State University, NPR's Eric Westervelt reports from the scene. The chairs in the gallery were spaced 10 feet apart for social distancing, attorneys wore face shields, and sheriff's deputies wore black face masks.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/29/884809588/golden-state-killer-suspect-pleads-guilty-to-more-than-a-dozen-murders

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RhodeIslandOne Jun 29 OP
greenjar_01 Jun 29 #1
spike jones Jun 29 #2
gopiscrap Jun 30 #4
Mazeltov Cocktail Jun 29 #3
greenjar_01 Jun 30 #5
RobinA Jun 30 #6
RhodeIslandOne Jun 30 #7

Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 04:31 PM

1. He got a pretty good deal here

He didn't have to allocute in any substantial way, and didn't have to give a full accounting of all his murders. Of course, this is in the interest of the prosecutors, since they managed to put some other people away for murders committed by DeAngelo (i.e., Donna Richmond).



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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 04:54 PM

2. You have to wonder what kind of cop he was.

Also one of the men charged in the Ahmaud Arbery murder is a former police officer.

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Response to spike jones (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:35 AM

4. typical cop

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2020, 11:59 PM

3. I'm pretty sure he's a serial killer kind of cop...

More importantly, what kind of police department would employ this criminal. By all reports he worked for two different departments. He was arrested once while in possession of dog repellent and a hammer which are viewed as tools of burglary. He was later hired by a second agency.

The "thin blue line" between cop and criminal keeps getting thinner.

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Response to Mazeltov Cocktail (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:49 AM

5. No, not true

He worked for two police departments (Exeter and Auburn), three if you count his earlier internship.

But he never worked as a cop again after the shoplifting arrest. He resigned from the Auburn PD as a result of that arrest and that was the end of his days as a police officer.

He left the Exeter force voluntarily, and started at Auburn shortly thereafter, but that was 1976; the shoplifting arrest was in 1979. Of course, he actually left Exeter because he was caught dead to rights by Visalia detective Bill McGowen in December 1975 and feared identification, since the neighboring departments had occasional collaborations.

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Response to RhodeIslandOne (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:08 AM

6. I'd Love To Know

this guy's background.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 11:11 AM

7. There's a fair amount of information out there now

This is one of the all time true crime stories ever. There's a whole podcast series about him and his crimes called "The Man In The Window".

Basically he was in the Navy, was a cop, got kicked off the force, threatened the Sheriff who fired him, worked a warehouse job until his retirement. Had a wife and kids.

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